Digital Bulletin - September 19, 2021

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​The Community Gathers...

Prelude

Rev. Jerry Asheim
Introit: "Be Still My Soul"
Rev. Jerry Asheim & Melani Gantes
 

Welcome & A Covenant of Grace

Rev. Kristin Stoneking, Rev. Jerry Asheim, Judy Kriege

Prayer for Illumination

Jordan Jerrels & Dianne Rush Woods 

Opening Music: "More Love" (comp. Sid Davis)

Judy Kriege

​To Hear the Word...

Scripture Reading: Ruth 1:6-22

Jordan Jerrels & Dianne Rush Woods

Children's Message

Susan Jardin

Call to Confession - Rev. Kristin Stonekine

When we gather together we are quick to wave and say hello, to pass the peace, 
to comment on the weather, to make small talk and show hospitality; 
but how often do we go below the surface?
How often do we sit next to the same people, week after week,
oblivious to the things they might be carrying?  
Family of faith, I believe God wants deeper connection for us than that, 
so listen now to our prayer of confession and then join me in silent prayer following. 
Let us listen. Let us pray:  

Prayer of Confession - Jordan Jerrels & Dianne Rush Woods

Voice 1: I’ve been meaning to ask… 
Voice 2: How are you?  
What has your year been like?  
Did you know that I have been thinking of you?  
Voice 1: I have been meaning to ask…  
Voice 2: Is your mom okay?  
Did your sister find a job?  
Did you ever think we’d still be here? 
Voice 1: I’ve been meaning to ask… 
Voice 2: Did it get easier?  
Did the grief subside?  
Were you ever able to sleep at night? 
Voice 1: I’ve been meaning to ask but I haven’t— 
Voice 2: Because it’s hard.  
Because I want to say the right thing.  
Because I’m not sure what you need. 
Voice 1: I’ve been meaning to ask, so I’m sorry for my silence.
Voice 2: Forgive me. Show me where it hurts.  
Voice 1: Let’s start again. 
Voice 2: Family of faith, we could all use some practice in asking where it hurts.  
Take a moment of silent prayer to think of the people in your world,  
in your lives, who may need you to reach out and ask. Give their names to God.  
Pause for silent prayer. 
Voice 1: Trusting that God hears all things, we say together: Amen.

Words of Forgiveness - Rev. Kristin Stoneking

Family of faith,
in the journey to love and care for one another,
we are bound to make mistakes.
Fortunately for us, we worship a God who showed us how to love,
and who extends grace to us when we fail to do so for others.  
So hear and believe the good news of the gospel:
We are seen. We are heard. We are loved. We are forgiven.  
Thanks be to God for this endless grace. Amen.  

*Affirming the Peace Among Us

You are invited to turn to the people around you and bow to each other as a sign of graceful greetings this day.

Anthem: "World Without Tears" (Lucinda Williams)

Judy Kriege, Alice Templeton, Dianne Rush Woods

Gospel Reading: Mark 5:21-43

Dianne Rush Woods

Message: "Where Does It Hurt?"

Rev. Kristin Stoneking

​To Respond and Renew Commitment...

Musical Mediation: "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me" 

Rev. Jerry Asheim & Melani Gantes

Prayers of the People 

Leader: Loving God, 
People: We lift our prayers to you.

The Prayer Jesus Taught (The Lord's Prayer )

Our Creator (Father/Mother), who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom (kin-dom) come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom (kin-dom), and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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*Affirmation of Faith

On my best days,  
I believe that God is there—standing in the sun with me,  
laughing a contagious laugh and cheering me on.  
On my hardest days,  
I believe that God is there—standing in the rain with me, 
holding me up and sharing in my grief.  
No matter where I go—  
in joy or in loss,  
in pain or in love,  
in heartache or in gratitude—  
I believe that God is there,  
leaning in, noticing where it hurts,  
and carrying me through it.  
And so, I believe we are called  
to care for each other  
as God cares for us. 
On your best days in the sun 
and on your worst days in the rain, 
I will do my best 
to be there for you too. Amen. 

​To Go Forth with Love and Compassion

Closing Hymn: "Whither Thou Goest"

Rev. Jerry Asheim & Melanie Gantes

Sending Forth

Rev. Kristin Stoneking

Postlude

Rev. Jerry Asheim

***Special Thanks To:

***Special thanks to…
Preacher: Rev. Kristin Stoneking
Worship Leaders: Rev. Jerry Asheim, Melani Gantes, Susan Jardin, Jordan Jerrels, Judy Kriege, Alice Templeton,  Dianne Rush Woods
Ushers: Greg Downs & Laura Heid
Audio engineer: Tom McClure | Podcast producer: Ethan Toven-Lindsey | Livestream producer: Merrie Bunt
Credits: Liturgy by Rev. Sarah Are, A Sanctified Art LLC., sanctifiedart.org. Hymns reprinted/streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE # A-733809, CCLI Copyright license # 20022935, & CCLI Streaming license # 20476749. All rights reserved.

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